Last week I was minding my own business, happily surfing my blog fav waves when this charming little thing caught my eye. So I dropped everything and cast on immediately. I had absolutely no one in mind for this (sure Denise), I cast on for the simple joy and pleasure of knitting for knitting’s sake. And here it is…All I need now is the snow and a baby to go with it.
Let’s get the basics out of the way.
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 1 Skein of each, Woodland Mix #6276, Brown Rice #6202 and 1 1/2 skeins Winter White #6201
Gauge: I didn’t even check…just jumped in. (I guess I should measure)
Needles: Addi Lace #7 24″ (Have you tried these yet…really great needles. Dare I say a tad better then the regular Addis)
Started: January31, 2008
Finished: February 7, 2008
I showed this to some friends who liked the neck plain. I tried to make the edges as clean as possible so it would be neat. I have to be neat (so why do I want a baby…that’s another post)
Aren’t those buttons perfect…
I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!! And what’s amazing to me is everyone keeps asking me who it’s for, and when I say no one I just wanted to try the pattern…jaws drop. Why on earth would anyone knit just to knit? I ask, why not? Oh, what was that I just stepped over…the line between product and process…and there’s no going back now.
Here are some process notes…
I’m getting there…faithly following along.
Oh crap…I’m about to get very type A. Do you see those knit stitches…well I need a ridge to be there. Since this is in one piece when you’re ready to pick up stitches to add the button band there is a row of knit stitches presenting themselves. If I pick up from here I’ll get two rows of stockinette instead of the garter stitch continuing.
Solution: I pulled out 1/2 a row of stitches, cut the floating strand and wove it in on the wrong side.
There’s my ridge/”purl” stitches…ready and waiting. (Thanks for holding the cam babe.)
Now count with me boys and girls…288, 289, 290…phew…I think I stayed pretty calm Peggy but you were right that was alot of stitches.
But so worth it.
If I knit it…it will come….